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Lewis Lent, Mass. man convicted of two slayings, admits to third

Lewis S. Lent Jr. is shown in this 1995 photo as he was being sentenced for kidnapping a 12-year-old Pittsfield girl who managed to escape.
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(CBS/AP) WESTFIELD, Mass. - Authorities say Lewis Lent, a man already serving life in prison for killing two children, is also responsible for the disappearance and death of a Westfield, Mass. teenager more than 20 years ago.

Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni announced Monday that Lent has confessed to killing 16-year-old James Lusher, who was never seen again after leaving his home on a bicycle ride in November 1992.

Lent, a former handyman and janitor from North Adams, was convicted of the 1990 killing of 12-year-old Jimmy Bernardo of Pittsfield, Mass. He also pleaded guilty to the 1993 abduction and slaying of 12-year-old Sara Ann Wood of Norwich Corners, in central New York. Her body was never found.

Mastroianni says a search for Lusher's remains will take place at a pond in Becket.

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